(English Listening Course) Sample Lesson on Likes

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Topic 1: Likes

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Creating Good Habits

This is a free lesson from the 30-Day English Challenge Course. You can sign-up for the entire course (30 lessons) here

Today you will learn about creating good habits. First, listen and learn about creating good habits on the lesson link. After that you can do the four activities related to this topic. 

Lesson: 

 

 

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Daily Tasks: Day 1- Creating Good Habits 

Listening: Matt Cutts: Try Someting New- TEDx Talk (Video 3 mins 27 seconds) 

Reading: 18 Tricks to Making New Habits Stick 
While reading, think about the “tricks” to make a new habit stick. Have you ever used any of them?

Writing:  (PDF of Writing)

1. What is a good habit that your would like to develop or form?
2. How can you make this habit sustainable (or last) in your life?
3. How will you know if you reach your goal?
4. How will you feel when you achieve this goal?

Speaking: 

 Have you ever tried to form a new habit? What was it? Did you succeed? Why or Why not? How did you feel about the outcome of your goal or resolution? 

Sentences Starters to Help You Talk…
One time I tired to… 
I wanted to…
I did/didn’t succeed at __________ because ___________. 
I felt ________________ because _________________. 

 Speaking Sample: 

Creating Good Habits Quiz

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30 Prompts to Encourage English Conversation

It can be difficult to come up with the right words when you are learning and studying a new language. If you are in English class or trying to speak English in real life sometimes you do not know how to react to what someone said or how to continue a conversation. 

When you are learning a new language you often have limited things to say. Hopefully the list below will expand your English vocabulary and give more words you can use in your English courses and in real life situations.

Prompts to Encourage English Conversation: 

1. I agree with _____ because…
2. I disagree with ________ because…
3. So, what you are saying is…
4. Can you give me an example of that…
5. Why do you think that?
6. Can you tell me more about…?
7. Can someone clarify…?
8. I have a question about….
9. Couldn’t is also be that…?
10. I don’t think that…
11. On the other hand…
12. For example…
12. Another example of _______ is…
13. Can you explain your idea a little more?
14. I wonder…
15. I noticed…
16. I think…
17. _______ made a good point. I would like to add that…
18. _______ made me think about…
19. Why do you think….?
20. What do you think about…?
21. They both have ________ in common.
22. Many people think ______, but I think…
23. I predict that…
24. What do you think will happen if…?
25. I believe that is true because….
26. I can’t figure out why…
27. I still don’t understand…
28. ______’s idea reminds me of….
29. I don’t agree with you because…
30. I would like to find out more about…

Here, you can download a printable sheet of conversation prompts for you to use when you are speaking English.

Am I fluent in English? How Will YOU Know When You Are Fluent in English?

People that are learning English always say they want to be ‘fluent’ in English, but what does ‘fluent’ look sound like? How will you know when you are fluent in English? Are you already fluent in English?

According to the dictionary, ‘fluent’ means to be able to express oneself easily and articulately.

Most likely you will never speak English as fluently as a native speaker but people that learn to speak English can come close. A native speaker is someone who has spoken a language since birth, meaning it is their mother tongue. It is nearly impossible for an English language learner to sound ‘native’ unless they were immersed in the language when they were a child. This could mean they immigrated to an English speaking country at a young age or maybe had all of their education in English and extensively interacted with native speakers.

Social, Academic and Professional English Proficiency

Social English or Conversational English:
When learning English, this is the area that you will most likely become proficient in first. You will be able to talk about yourself and have conversations with a variety of people in English in a social or informal setting.

Academic English:
Your academic English may be strong because you went to an English high school or university. To become proficient in English academically takes more time. The vocabulary is more complex and it takes more time and practice to be proficient in as an English language learner. Many English language learners (and native speakers) struggle for many years to become proficient in academic English.

Professional English Fluency/Proficiency:
This English is what you become proficient in if you use English for your job or profession. You may know how to speak extensively about law, engineering, medicine, tourism or education in English if that is your profession. You most likely will know a specific technical vocabulary that relates to your profession. You will know how to speak about topics that many native speakers would struggle to speak about because they do not have an education or experience in that profession.
For example: I am a native English speaker. I am college educated. I have a background in Education. I would struggle or even be unable to have an in depth conversation with someone about engineering. This is not because I do not speak English. It is because I do not know this information or have the vocabulary to completely understand the ins and outs of it.

Fluent English Speakers…
Think in English
If you can speak in English and rarely have to translate words or phrases to your native language to understand and speak than you might be fluent.

Speak English Confidently
Do you feel good and confident when you speak English? Some people are nervous and scared to speak English. They worry that they are going to make mistakes or that no one will understand them. They often worry about speaking in the right tense and some people hesitate to speak at all. You should be able to speak English confidently and naturally without feeling nervous and afraid.

Use Contextual Clues to Fill in What you don’t Know
You can continue a conversation and use contextual clues (infer the meaning or guess) when you don’t know what something means. So, basically you don’t stop a conversation to look a word up in a dictionary. You can understand majority of what is being said and can fills in the blanks or gaps later.

Can Code-switch
This means you can speak in your native language and then switch to English and vice versa without getting confused in a single conversation. This is what you commonly see many bilingual (or bi-cultural) children doing. They learn to speak to one parent in English and their other parent in a different language.

Dream in English
Some people say that once you dream in a language you are ‘fluent’. This will obviously be different for all people. Many people start to dream in a language when they start to internalize the language and start thinking in it.

Ask Yourself…
Can I speak English all day? Can I do my normal routine only in English?
Can I watch the news or listen to the radio or a podcast and understand (almost) everything?
Can I understand English speakers from more than two countries or regions?
Can I give a presentation in English about a topic of my choice?
Can I speak on the phone in English?
Do native English speakers understand me when I speak English?

Your English fluency is subjective; which means it is really based on how YOU feel; unless of course, you want to base your ‘fluency’ on an exam.

Conclusion: YOU can decide when YOU are fluent in English.

So, how will YOU know when YOU are ‘fluent’ in English?

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